Nichole Springer is a staff accountant at Elliott, Robinson and Company, LLP. She earned her Associate of Arts transfer degree from Ozarks Technical Community College, where she was actively involved in the OTC Honor’s Program and Phi Theta Kappa. She then transferred to Missouri State University and earned her Bachelor of Science degree with an emphasis in accounting. While enrolled at MSU, she was a staff reporter for the school newspaper, The Standard. She is currently working towards getting her CPA license. In her free time, she loves spending time with her husband and running on the trails in Springfield.
Dr. Patricia Cox
After a long career as professor of music, Harding University, Patricia Huff Cox retired and moved to Springfield in 2010. Dr. Cox has a B.S. in music education from Texas Woman’s University, a M.Ed. with emphasis in music from Harding University, and a Ph.D. in music education from the University of North Texas. Patricia has played violin and viola in symphony orchestras including Ft. Worth, Abilene, Huntsville, AL, Pine Bluff, AR, and the Delta Symphony of Jonesboro. She began her career as an elementary music teacher for the first Orff program in Texas. Later, she directed middle school orchestra and choir, the Harding University Orchestra and String Quartet, the Searcy String Quartet, and the White County Youth Orchestra. She was a founding board member of the Searcy Community School of Music and appointed to the Arkansas Governor’s Arts Council. Dr. Cox has published numerous articles in research journals and music education magazines. She has 4 children and 8 grandchildren and continues to teach privately and to help supervise music student teachers for MSU.
Kathy Phillips has been a vocal music teacher in Republic for forty-three years. She earned her BMus in Education from Southwest Baptist College (SBU) and her MS degree in Education from Southwest Missouri State University (MSU). She is a member of Phi Delta Kappa, NAfME, MMEA, ACDA, and MCDA. She is currently serving as President-Elect for SCMMEA. Kathy also is serving as secretary of the Springfield Mid-America Singers board of directors. She is an active member of Hood United Methodist Church, where she has served as a Sunday School teacher for adults for over twenty-five years and is the children's choir director. Kathy is married and has two adult children, Nicholas and Christopher, both of whom work in the music field.
Dr. Sam Coryell
Dr. Sam Coryell was a college music professor for 30 years before co-founding TLC Properties which specializes in developing multifamily apartment complexes. A tribute to his expert design and concern for his tenants is that many of his complexes were almost entirely rented by the time they initially opened. Sam and his wife, Carol, have raised three sons who have, in turn, participated closely in the real estate business. Sam often can be found at the forefront of giving back—not only in his church, but in many community efforts, sponsoring various events for charities.
Tricia Zinecker has been a devoted music educator and choral director for 25 years. Mrs. Zinecker's experience has included 11 years in the Republic R-III School District. In addition, Mrs. Zinecker has taught in the Nixa Public Schools, and Conroe Independent School District, Conroe, Texas. Mrs. Zinecker holds a Bachelor of Music from Drury University and a Master of Music from Northwestern University, Evanston, IL. Tricia is also a private voice instructor and has taught Adjunct Voice at Drury University. Tricia spent 11 years as Choir Director at Christ Episcopal Church and was also Associate Director of Children's Choir of Southwest Missouri. Choirs under Mrs. Zinecker's direction have also appeared at the Texas Music Educators Association Convention and American Choral Directors Association Convention.